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This FAQ page deals with some questions that teachers, librarians and school administrators might have about the content articles on schools information in Wikipedia, and use of Wikipedia by students. If you are thinking about assigning Wikipedia as a class project see Wikipedia:Student assignments. What prevents someone from contributing false or misleading information? Can students cite Wikipedia in assignments?

Is it a safe environment for young people? Why do people contribute to open-source projects? Why have we not heard of this before? Beyond information from the encyclopedia, what can students learn from Wikipedia? Can a school group set up its own wiki? Where can I learn more about Wikipedia?

Concepts such as open source, copyleft, collaborative writing, and volunteer contributions for the public good can be new and unfamiliar ideas to many students. The term “wiki” is derived from the word wikiwiki, which is the Hawaiian word for “quick”. Wikipedia’s objective is to become a compendium of published knowledge about notable subjects. The reliability of Wikipedia articles is limited by the external sources on which they are supposed to rely, as well as by the ability of Wikipedia’s editors to understand those sources correctly and their willingness to use them properly. Wikipedia’s content control mechanisms are reactive rather than preventive: anyone can go to almost any page and change the information to make it false or misleading. Although the majority of edits attempt to improve the encyclopedia, vandalism is frequent. Fortunately, such deliberate errors tend not to linger.

For information about how to format citations, see Wikipedia:Citing Wikipedia and Wikipedia:Academic use. Wikipedia cannot guarantee the validity of the information in this encyclopedia. Caution is advised when using Wikipedia as a source. In most academic institutions, references to Wikipedia, along with most encyclopedias, are unacceptable for research papers. It depends on what teachers accept.

Just in case, you shouldn’t copy an article word for word. The best policy for all writing is to have more than one source. Wikipedia can be an excellent starting place for further research. Teachers might ask students what they did to validate the information they learned from Wikipedia. Using a comprehensive search engine such as Google or Yahoo! Wikipedia has similar safety issues to other equally open environments.

Participation in Wikipedia requires children to know basic Internet safety practices. Children will be communicating and interacting with anonymous adults, and parent or teacher supervision is important, depending upon the age of the child, just as in any other online environment. Open-source media is a kind of information produced by open groups of developers in which anybody who wants to can use the information. Open-source production emerged among software engineers with the production of Linux, a free software computer operating system. Few surveys have developed reliable answers to why people contribute to open source works like Wikipedia. Some sort of public interest or community spirit is often part of the motive. Open-source projects offer an opportunity to contribute to something that has lasting value and that will continue to grow.

Open-source publishing allows writers and software developers to apply their skills outside of a strictly business environment. Wikipedia was established in January 2001 and is now one of the most active websites in the world. Its rapid growth has been reported in many prominent media outlets. As the encyclopedia grows, more people learn about it every day. See also Wikipedia:School and University projects Most young people will likely at some point become involved in interactive online activities. For educators, young people’s involvement with Wikipedia provides an opportunity to survey their understanding of online safety, and to teach appropriate practices.

Visit Wikipedia:About for more information about us, as well as the Community Portal or some of our FAQs. The main page is also available. This page was last edited on 28 March 2018, at 18:57. To do TY or Skip ahead? Below you can find details for 3,300 Primary schools in Ireland and links to the Assessments from the Department of Education.

They are further split up into local council areas. Note: Many schools are listed by their Irish name as per Department of Education records. If you let us know the ‘local’ name we can update our records for that too. If you can’t find your school using our lists above, use the Search Facility on the blue pencil at the top of the page and search by school name or Principal name or even phone no.